Comic Book Sales Up Nearly 19% February to March 2011

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Led by sales of Marvel's FF #1, featuring Spider-Man replacing the Human Torch in the "first family" of comics, and another strong showing in the Top 10 by DC, unit sales of comics and graphic novels to the comic book Direct Market served by Diamond Comic Distributors rose nearly 19% in March 2011 compared to February.  

Comic book unit sales were even up a slight percentage (0.81%) year-to-year over March 2010, but graphic novel sales continue to be soft compared to 2010, down 16.61% by unit percentage compared to 2011, putting sales of both comics and graphic novels down (-) 0.81% compared to one year ago.

First Quarter sales 2011 are still down a considerable amount compared to First Quarter 2010 (-8.06% for comic book units and -8.49% overall units), but things are beginning to look less alarming than they initially did in January and February.

As mentioned, FF #1 was the top-selling comic book, selling a hefty amount above the next bestselling book, DC's Green Lantern #64, which was just one of 7 titles DC scored in the Top 10.

DC/Vertigo's Unwritten Volume 3: Dead Man's Knock was the best-selling graphic novel of the month. But despite DC's strength at the top of the charts, Marvel Comics still enjoys a comfortable lead atop the Market Share charts.

Marvel sold 45.28% of all comic books sold to Direct Market retailers in March, compared to DC's 31.50%, and Marvel books accounted for 39.63% of all dollars spent by retailers, compared to DC's 27.62%.

The Market Share chart, comparative sales data and Top 100 Comic Book and Top 100 Graphic Novel charts (with sales indexes) follow below. Look for much more in-depth analysis of the March figures later this month.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

39.63%

45.28%

DC COMICS

27.62%

31.50%

IMAGE COMICS

5.45%

5.09%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.03%

4.14%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.27%

2.86%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

3.02%

2.74%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.09%

1.66%

VIZ MEDIA

1.15%

0.50%

AVATAR PRESS

0.96%

0.80%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

0.88%

0.22%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.90%

5.20%

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

MARCH 2011 VS. FEBRUARY 2011

COMICS

17.13%

18.97%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

13.86%

18.38%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

16.07%

18.93%

MARCH 2011 VS. MARCH 2010

COMICS

-2.43%

0.81%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-10.01%

-16.61%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-4.98%

-0.81%

FIRST QUARTER 2011 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2010

COMICS

-8.57%

-8.05%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-7.24%

-13.25%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-8.14%

-8.49%

 

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS

Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in March 2011

QTY

RANK

DOLLAR

RANK

INDEX

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

1

195.36

FF #1

$3.99

MAR

2

8

131.24

GREEN LANTERN #64

$2.99

DC 

3

9

129.08

GREEN LANTERN #63

$2.99

DC 

4

12

121.36

BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #2

$2.99

DC 

5

13

119.81

BRIGHTEST DAY #21

$2.99

DC 

6

14

119.17

BRIGHTEST DAY #22

$2.99

DC 

7

18

113.96

BATMAN INCORPORATED #3

$2.99

DC 

8

2

113.69

AVENGERS #11

$3.99

MAR

9

19

111.47

BATMAN INCORPORATED #4

$2.99

DC 

10

6

107.03

FEAR ITSELF BOOK OF THE SKULL #1

$3.99

MAR

11

21

106.21

KICK-ASS 2 #2 (MR)

$2.99

MAR

12

22

102.57

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #58

$2.99

DC 

13

4

102.28

NEW AVENGERS #10

$3.99

MAR

14

23

102.09

BATMAN AND ROBIN #21

$2.99

DC 

15

5

101.76

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #656 BIG

$3.99

MAR

16

3

100.49

GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS #1

$3.99

IDW

17

7

100.19

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #657 BIG

$3.99

MAR

18

26

100.00

BATMAN #708

$2.99

DC 

19

10

95.11

UNCANNY X-MEN #534

$3.99

MAR

20

24

92.13

VENOM #1

$3.99

MAR

21

15

87.64

SECRET AVENGERS #11

$3.99

MAR

22

32

87.59

GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS #8

$2.99

DC 

23

16

87.46

UNCANNY X-FORCE #6

$3.99

MAR

24

17

87.35

X-MEN #9

$3.99

MAR

25

35

86.58

UNCANNY X-FORCE #5.1

$2.99

MAR

26

33

86.24

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #55

$2.99

DC 

27

36

81.74

X-MEN LEGACY #246

$2.99

MAR

28

20

80.79

WOLVERINE #7

$3.99

MAR

29

25

76.66

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #156

$3.99

MAR

30

11

75.77

CAPTAIN AMERICA #616

$4.99

MAR

31

28

75.29

ULTIMATE AVENGERS VS NEW ULTIMATES #2

$3.99

MAR

32

27

75.21

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #155

$3.99

MAR

33

29

74.92

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #502

$3.99

MAR

34

40

73.59

CAPTAIN AMERICA #615.1

$2.99

MAR

35

30

71.86

THOR #621

$3.99

MAR

36

31

71.20

UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #3

$3.99

MAR

37

42

71.01

THOR #620.1

$2.99

MAR

38

41

68.35

DETECTIVE COMICS #875

$2.99

DC 

39

43

68.00

SUPERMAN #709

$2.99

DC 

40

44

64.27

NEW MUTANTS #23

$2.99

MAR

41

34

64.22

ULTIMATE COMICS X #4

$3.99

MAR

42

49

57.49

WALKING DEAD #83 (MR)

$2.99

IMA

43

37

57.07

AGE OF X UNIVERSE #1

$3.99

MAR

44

51

56.46

GREEN ARROW #10

$2.99

DC 

45

52

55.53

WONDER WOMAN #608

$2.99

DC 

46

58

54.89

HULK #30.1

$2.99

MAR

47

54

54.73

INCREDIBLE HULKS #624

$2.99

MAR

48

53

54.29

ACTION COMICS #899

$2.99

DC 

49

57

53.62

WONDER WOMAN #609

$2.99

DC 

50

39

53.53

HULK #31

$3.99

MAR

51

56

53.20

WALKING DEAD #82 (MR)

$2.99

IMA

52

59

52.53

BIRDS OF PREY #10

$2.99

DC 

53

60

51.75

JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #21

$2.99

DC 

54

62

51.71

DEADPOOL #34

$2.99

MAR

55

61

51.66

JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #22

$2.99

DC 

56

65

50.84

INCREDIBLE HULKS #625

$2.99

MAR

57

64

50.61

RED ROBIN #21

$2.99

DC 

58

69

49.46

DEADPOOL #33.1

$2.99

MAR

59

66

49.34

SUPERMAN BATMAN #82

$2.99

DC 

60

67

48.87

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #49

$2.99

DC 

61

174

48.67

RUSE #1

$2.99

MAR

62

172

48.63

SIGIL #1

$2.99

MAR

63

68

48.29

BATMAN BEYOND #3

$2.99

DC 

64

73

47.35

X-23 #8

$2.99

MAR

65

45

47.34

AVENGERS CHILDRENS CRUSADE YOUNG AVENGERS #1

$3.99

MAR

66

75

46.95

X-23 #7

$2.99

MAR

67

76

46.91

DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE #6

$2.99

MAR

68

47

46.47

DAREDEVIL REBORN #3

$3.99

MAR

69

46

46.47

ULTIMATE COMICS CAPTAIN AMERICA #3

$3.99

MAR

70

79

46.46

DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE #7

$2.99

MAR

71

78

46.45

SUPERBOY #5

$2.99

DC 

72

81

45.58

THUNDERBOLTS #155

$2.99

MAR

73

38

45.30

ANNIHILATORS #1

$4.99

MAR

74

83

43.44

THUNDERBOLTS #154

$2.99

MAR

75

85

43.10

X-FACTOR #216

$2.99

MAR

76

50

43.05

WOLVERINE BEST THERE IS #4

$3.99

MAR

77

88

42.88

X-FACTOR #217

$2.99

MAR

78

84

42.59

TEEN TITANS #93

$2.99

DC 

79

86

42.37

DC UNIVERSE ONLINE LEGENDS #3

$2.99

DC 

80

87

42.36

BATGIRL #19

$2.99

DC 

81

91

41.98

IRON MAN 2.0 #2

$2.99

MAR

82

55

41.02

ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN WOLVERINE #5

$3.99

MAR

83

94

40.94

BLACK PANTHER MAN WITHOUT FEAR #516

$2.99

MAR

84

97

40.46

AVENGERS ACADEMY #10

$2.99

MAR

85

95

40.39

LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #11

$2.99

DC 

86

100

40.34

AVENGERS ACADEMY #11

$2.99

MAR

87

103

40.08

SILVER SURFER #2

$2.99

MAR

88

104

39.25

DC UNIVERSE ONLINE LEGENDS #4

$2.99

DC 

89

105

38.97

ADVENTURE COMICS #524

$2.99

DC 

90

63

38.73

SECRET WARRIORS #25

$3.99

MAR

91

109

37.25

HEROES FOR HIRE #4

$2.99

MAR

92

108

37.18

SUPERGIRL #62

$2.99

DC 

93

111

36.58

BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #20

$2.99

DC 

94

112

36.42

BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #21

$2.99

DC 

95

114

36.33

GENERATION HOPE #5

$2.99

MAR

96

48

36.01

LEGION OF SUPER VILLAINS #1

$4.99

DC 

97

70

35.95

DC UNIVERSE LEGACIES #10

$3.99

DC 

98

72

35.83

MARVEL ZOMBIES SUPREME #1

$3.99

MAR

99

116

35.51

GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #21

$2.99

DC 

100

74

35.44

ULTIMATE COMICS DOOM #4

$3.99

MAR

 

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS

Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in March 2011

QTY

RANK

DOLLAR

RANK

INDEX

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

4

7.42

UNWRITTEN TP VOL 03 DEAD MANS KNOCK (MR)

$14.99

DC 

2

5

7.02

BATMAN AND ROBIN BATMAN REBORN TP

$14.99

DC 

3

24

6.46

TAKIO GN HC

$9.95

MAR

4

2

6.37

BATMAN TIME AND THE BATMAN HC

$19.99

DC 

5

10

6.11

BATMAN BEYOND HUSH BEYOND TP

$14.99

DC 

6

11

5.96

IZOMBIE TP VOL 01 DEAD TO THE WORLD (MR)

$14.99

DC 

7

45

4.62

BLEACH TP VOL 34

$9.99

VIZ

8

65

4.58

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE

$9.99

IMA

9

68

4.32

MORNING GLORIES TP VOL 01 FOR A BETTER FUTURE

$9.99

IMA

10

7

4.22

THANOS IMPERATIVE HC

$24.99

MAR

11

18

3.92

ZATANNA MISTRESS OF MAGIC TP

$17.99

DC 

12

44

3.91

SPIDER-MAN GRIM HUNT TP

$14.99

MAR

13

27

3.90

DEADPOOL TP VOL 05 WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS

$15.99

MAR

14

67

3.88

YU GI OH GX GN VOL 06

$9.99

VIZ

15

13

3.87

SHOWCASE PRESENTS THE WITCHING HOUR TP VOL 01

$19.99

DC 

16

14

3.79

GOTHAM CENTRAL TP BOOK 01 IN THE LINE OF DUTY

$19.99

DC 

17

17

3.65

SUPERMAN THE BLACK RING HC

$19.99

DC 

18

93

3.53

SKULLKICKERS TP VOL 01 1000 OPAS & DEAD BODY

$9.99

IMA

19

8

3.41

GOTHAM CENTRAL HC VOL 04 CORRIGAN

$29.99

DC 

20

54

3.33

THOR FIRST THUNDER TP

$16.99

MAR

21

33

3.33

DEMO TP VOL 02 (MR)

$17.99

DC 

22

55

3.32

FANTASTIC FOUR BY JONATHAN HICKMAN TP VOL 03

$14.99

MAR

23

3

3.30

VENOM BY DANIEL WAY ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP

$34.99

MAR

24

23

3.19

HELLBLAZER TP VOL 01 ORIGINAL SINS NEW ED (MR)

$19.99

DC 

25

12

3.15

STAR WARS OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 AT WAR WITH EMPIRE

$24.99

DAR

26

50

3.14

HULK TP VOL 06 WORLD WAR HULKS

$15.99

MAR

27

26

3.13

DARK TOWER TREACHERY TP

$19.99

MAR

28

1

3.11

MMW AMAZING SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 13

$54.99

MAR

29

42

3.07

SUPERMAN NEW KRYPTON TP VOL 03

$17.99

DC 

30

40

3.06

WOLVERINE WEAPON X TP VOL 03 TOMORROW DIES TODAY

$19.99

MAR

31

15

3.04

ULTIMATE COMICS NEW ULTIMATES PREM HC THOR REBORN

$24.99

MAR

32

16

3.00

WOLVERINE WOLVERINE GOES TO HELL PREM HC

$24.99

MAR

33

6

2.99

INVINCIBLE HC 06 ULTIMATE COLL

$34.99

IMA

34

91

2.90

THUNDERBOLTS TP CAGE

$14.99

MAR

35

39

2.85

ULTIMATE COMICS THOR PREM HC

$19.99

MAR

36

71

2.81

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE (MR)

$14.99

IMA

37

72

2.77

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG)

$14.99

IMA

38

73

2.76

GOD OF WAR TP (MR)

$14.99

DC 

39

89

2.71

GANTZ TP VOL 16 (MR)

$12.99

DAR

40

94

2.68

HAWKEYE AND MOCKINGBIRD BLACK WIDOW TP WIDOWMAKER

$15.99

MAR

41

80

2.66

SECRET WARRIORS TP VOL 04 LAST RIDE HOWLING COMMANDOS

$14.99

MAR

42

75

2.63

INCREDIBLE HULK TP VOL 03 WORLD WAR HULKS

$15.99

MAR

43

60

2.60

WORLD OF WARCRAFT TP VOL 03

$17.99

DC 

44

48

2.55

DEADPOOL PREM HC VOL 06 I RULE YOU SUCK

$19.99

MAR

45

36

2.52

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS FORGOTTEN REALMS TP VOL 01

$19.99

IDW

46

28

2.51

WEAPONS OF THE METABARONS HC

$19.95

HUM

47

164

2.50

YOUR HIGHNESS TP

$7.99

DAR

48

90

2.50

THOR MIGHTY AVENGER GN TP VOL 02

$14.99

MAR

49

31

2.43

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA DARK THINGS HC

$24.99

DC 

50

96

2.34

TITANS VILLAINS FOR HIRE TP

$14.99

DC 

51

64

2.33

SIMPSONS COMICS MELTDOWN TP

$15.99

BON

52

35

2.31

ASTONISHING X-MEN PREM HC XENOGENESIS

$24.99

MAR

53

144

2.28

NGE SHINJI IKARI RAISING PROJECT TP VOL 08

$9.99

DAR

54

38

2.25

PUNISHER WELCOME BACK FRANK TP NEW ED

$24.99

MAR

55

126

2.23

IRON MAN RAPTURE TP

$14.99

MAR

56

105

2.22

X-MEN FOREVER 2 TP VOL 03 PERFECT S'WORLD

$16.99

MAR

57

81

2.13

TIME BOMB TP

$14.95

RAL

58

74

2.12

DAYTRIPPER TP (MR)

$19.99

DC 

59

19

2.12

STUMPTOWN HC VOL 01

$29.99

ONI

60

9

2.11

BLOOM COUNTY COMPLETE LIBRARY HC VOL 04

$39.99

IDW

61

20

2.09

PRINCE VALIANT HC VOL 03 1941-1942

$29.99

FAN

62

76

2.09

ESSENTIAL CAPTAIN AMERICA TP VOL 06

$19.99

MAR

63

130

2.08

CAPTAIN AMERICA TP LEGACY OF CAPTAIN AMERICA

$15.99

MAR

64

106

2.03

ARCHIE 50 TIMES AN AMERICAN ICON SC

$10.00

THE

65

117

2.01

SUPERSIZED STRANGE TALES FROM FAST FOOD CULTURE GN

$12.99

DAR

66

32

2.00

BLACKEST NIGHT HC

$29.99

DC 

67

104

1.99

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS

$14.99

IMA

68

56

1.97

THOR TALES OF ASGARD TP COIPEL CVR

$24.99

MAR

69

156

1.96

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION TP VOL 12

$9.99

VIZ

70

57

1.96

MMW MIGHTY THOR TP VOL 02

$24.99

MAR

71

34

1.91

COWBOYS AND ALIENS IT BOOKS HC ED

$24.99

HAR

72

86

1.91

DEADPOOL PULP PREM HC

$19.99

MAR

73

110

1.90

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM

$14.99

IMA

74

155

1.89

NGE CAMPUS APOCALYSE TP VOL 03

$10.99

DAR

75

217

1.88

POKEMON ADVENTURES PLATINUM VOL 01

$7.99

VIZ

76

62

1.88

WHAT IF DARK AVENGERS TP

$24.99

MAR

77

165

1.87

KLAWS OF PANTHER TP

$14.99

MAR

78

25

1.87

POPEYE HC VOL 05 WHAS A JEEP

$29.99

FAN

79

129

1.86

SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE

$11.99

ONI

80

125

1.85

VESHA VALENTINE STORY GN

$12.95

SLA

81

63

1.84

BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP

$24.99

DC 

82

116

1.84

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR)

$14.99

IMA

83

66

1.83

STRANGE TALES II HC

$24.99

MAR

84

29

1.83

POPEYE HC VOL 01 COMIC STORIES BUD SAGENDORF

$29.99

IDW

85

120

1.82

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE (NEW PTG)

$14.99

IMA

86

121

1.80

SPAWN ORIGINS TP VOL 10

$14.99

IMA

87

199

1.80

CHEW TP VOL 01 (MR)

$9.99

IMA

88

124

1.79

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME

$14.99

IMA

89

152

1.78

FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE

$12.99

DC 

90

99

1.78

AMORY WARS IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH 3 TP VOL 02

$14.99

BOO

91

61

1.77

FINDER LIBRARY TP VOL 01

$24.99

DAR

92

154

1.77

BILLY BATSON MAGIC SHAZAM MR MIND OVER MATTER TP

$12.99

DC 

93

70

1.74

MMW AVENGERS TP VOL 03

$24.99

MAR

94

266

1.74

SMURFS GN VOL 05 THE SMURFS AND THE EGG

$5.99

NBM

95

133

1.73

BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP

$14.99

DC 

96

41

1.72

COMPLETE PEANUTS HC VOL 15 1979-1980

$28.99

FAN

97

43

1.72

GFT PRESENTS NEVERLAND HC

$24.99

ZEN

98

51

1.68

BATMAN THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE DELUXE ED HC

$29.99

DC 

99

135

1.68

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS (MR)

$14.99

IMA

100

88

1.67

DRAGON AGE TP VOL 01

$19.99

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